How to write a college essay that wows admissions officers.
Craft an application essay or personal statement that stands out.
What should a college essay have?
- A clear beginning, middle, and end
- Your personality, front and center
- A logical flow that shows how you think
- A moment of reflection that shows what’s important to you
- Perfect spelling, grammar, and formatting
Trust that you can do it.
You don’t have to be a great writer to write a great college essay. Yes, you should avoid typos or grammatical mistakes, but the best essays aren’t about showing off amazing writing skills. They’re about revealing aspects of the applicant that grades and test scores don’t capture. Be sure to speak in your own voice (don’t try to squeeze in all of your SAT words) and avoid repeating information that’s already present in other parts of your application.
Build on a theme.
Maybe there isn’t a single narrative you want to follow. Instead, you want to offer a thesis and back it up with examples or share a few anecdotes that you tie together at the end. You can write about the most influential people in your life and how they shaped you, or maybe you pursue an unusual extracurricular activity you can write about in a way that illuminates your personality, passions, and goals.
In these types of essays, demonstrate how you think, the connections you can make between seemingly unrelated concepts, the meaning that you make out of your own life, and what you hope for the future. Here, your reflection will do most of the work.
Take Acrobat with you to college. And take a deep breath.
If your new college offers Creative Cloud for students, you can download Acrobat Pro and use all the premium tools. College students use Acrobat Pro to compress PDFs to make large files easier to share, convert files to or from PDF, collaborate on group projects, and split PDFs to share specific sections.
The college application process can be stressful and competitive. Just remember that, as your personal essay probably demonstrates, you’re resilient and brave, you have a sharp mind and a big heart, and you’re going to do great things. Enjoy your school experience, because before you know it, you’ll find yourself wondering what to do after college.